Afrihost Was Born!
Their vision was also to grow and nurture their employees to help them create this culture within their company. Along the way they found the missing piece to their plan, Greg Payne, who added his considerable experience and business savvy to create a perfect balance of strategy and innovation, which has made Afrihost the runaway success it is today.
Visser, Armstrong and Meintjes grew up together, having all attended the same school. While they each followed different academic paths, they shared a common passion for technology and the Internet. After embarking on their respective careers, they maintained a close relationship, and began tinkering with Linux Web Hosting in the late 90’s. After each individually establishing small startup companies, they decided to join forces and launch Afrihost, a Web Hosting and IT services company that reflected their personal values of service and product excellence – not driven by profit, but rather by client and employee satisfaction (which had often brought them in conflict with their former corporate employers).
Afrihost grew from humble beginnings in Visser’s family home, eventually taking up most of the house as more clients (and employees) were drawn to Afrihost’s unique model and dedication to client service. By the time the company had moved to more formal premises in 2005, they were well on their way to becoming the fastest growing enterprise in the sector.
Afrihost was then joined by Greg Payne, former COO of Internet Solutions, who helped formalize the company structure and maximize their strengths. While Afrihost began by offering a variety of services like web design, web development and general computer support, they ultimately ceased all other business avenues and focused exclusively on web hosting.